Welcome to the Animal Behavior Lab at SU
About Our Lab
Our research takes an integrative approach to animal behavior. I am especially interested in the role of multimodal signal assessment in sexual selection. Females of many species evaluate potential mates using information transmitted across multiple sensory modalities (e.g. vocalizations plus visual courtship displays). How females evaluate these multiple pieces of information, however, remains poorly understood. Further, the factors driving the evolution of multimodal communication are also not well understood. Our research incorporates studies of behavior and neurobiology to understand how females process multimodal signals and how this processing is translated into mate choice.